For Immediate Release, April 30, 2020

Contact:

Liz Trotter, Earthjustice, (305) 332-5395, etrotter@earthjustice.org
Andrea Santarsiere, Center for Biological Diversity, (303) 854-7748, asantarsiere@biologicaldiversity.org
Bonnie Rice, Sierra Club, (406) 640-2857, Bonnie.Rice@sierraclub.org
Kati Schmidt, National Parks Conservation Association, (415) 847-1768, kschmidt@npca.org

Federal Court to Hold Video Hearing on Future of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

Highly Anticipated Case Will Determine Endangered Species Act Protection

LAS VEGAS— The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments May 5 to determine whether to uphold a Montana federal district court 2018 decision vacating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s rule removing Yellowstone grizzly bears from the Endangered Species Act.

The case attracted national attention in 2018, as the August 30 decision came in the 11th hour and halted the first grizzly trophy hunt in four decades. The hunt had been slated for Sept. 1 of that year.

Timothy Preso, Earthjustice managing attorney of the Northern Rockies regional office, will be representing the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and National Parks Conservation Association.

What: Oral arguments on an appeal regarding the Yellowstone grizzly bear delisting.

When: May 5, at 9:30 a.m. PST. The court will hear three arguments that morning, with the Yellowstone grizzly hearing taking place last.

Where: Livestream can be viewed here and will be archived here.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.